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KSQ “Giving to the Schools” with SMPS


KSQ’ers along with fellow Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) members in Charlotte, NC, recently helped Classroom Central’s Free Store through the chapter’s “Giving to the Schools” community project. The Classroom Central Free Store serves over 100,000 students in poverty in six North Carolina school districts, and helps students have the supplies they need to be prepared to succeed and learn in school.


From right: KSQ/Peterson Associate and Marketing Coordinator Jennye-Taylor Johnson, Executive Assistant Pam MacMillian, and Mechanical Designer Carol Reische help Classroom Central with their SMPS Charlotte chapter.

Classroom Central –a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995–aims to provide free school supplies nationally to students most in need so that every child is prepared to succeed and learn in school. The organization is part of the Kids in Need National Network that includes 32 facilities that allow teachers to “shop” for free school supplies for their low-income students.

KSQ staff, along with fellow SMPS Charlotte members, funded the supplies and created pencil pouches for the Free Store. Students and faculty in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell-Statesville, Union, Kannapolis and Lancaster will benefit from the effort. The official SMPS Charlotte invite pointed out; “Our efforts will provide them the most basic tools they need to be successful in school.”

KSQ is known for its K12 design projects, but staff members are also becoming known for their volunteer efforts in K12 schools. KSQ’s staff in New York and Tulsa were recently recognized by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence’s Boren Mentoring Initiative for involvement in the ACE Mentor Program and Partners in Education.

Kids in Need National Network offers an easy way for any individual or business to make a big difference in a child’s education. Learn more about the effort and impact in this short video:

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